The Police and Concealed Carry

What do the police think of concealed carry? I get the question from time to time. In my limited experience, officers I have come in contact with have no problem with it at all. I've heard many tales of officers saying "Thanks for carrying" when handing out a warning for speeding (which might have been a ticket were it not for the permit, but who knows?).
Two stories in the news demonstrate a lot. 

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First Look: Sig Sauer P365

 Photo by Guns and Ammo

Photo by Guns and Ammo

SIG Sauer has just introduced a game-changing, sub-compact pistol that is truly in a league of its own – the P365.

The new P365 is envisioned by SIG Sauer as the only everyday-carry (EDC) pistol you will need, one that you can carry with you seven days per week, 365 days per year. All at a very non-SIG Sauer suggested retail price of $599, however, you should be able to find it at your local gun dealer for around $499.

I’ve heard rumors of this pistol’s development for the last 12 or so months and, while keeping an open mind, chalked the internal anticipation up to high hopes and brand pride. After spending a couple of days with it last month and firing 2,000-plus rounds of assorted ammunition through the platform, I’m tempted to agree this pistol might just be the Holy Grail of concealed-carry pistols.


Why? Well, the new P365 has the same, or slightly smaller dimensions, than other popular single-stack 9mm pistols, such as the Glock 43, Smith & Wesson Shield, Springfield Armory XDs-9 and Ruger LC9s. Except the P365 is not a single-stack pistol. SIG Sauer managed to cram 10 rounds of 9mm into a flush-fitting magazine and 12 into an extended magazine. Remember, the P365 has the same or slightly smaller dimensions than its competition. There is no trickery here, just engineering prowess.

SIG Sauer first created the magazine and then built a pistol around it. In fact, there are three patents attached to just the magazine. Looking at the unique magazines, one can see a tapering design that allows the upper part of the grip to be perfectly contoured to fit the shooter’s thumb when fired and a unique follower. These are just two of the secret sauce ingredients leading to the success of this design. The pistol ships with one flush magazine and one magazine with a textured pinky extension, both having a 10-round capacity. The 12’s are available as an accessory.

The P365’s narrow-neck, modified double-stack magazine holds nearly 50 percent more than other pistols in its class, allowing you to have more ammunition on-board, even when the others are equipped with aftermarket, plus-capacity magazine extensions.

 Photo by Guns and Ammo

Photo by Guns and Ammo

The P365 is both smaller and lighter than most pistols in its class.  Measuring 1-inch wide, 5.8-inches long, and 4.3-inches tall, the pistol with its 3.1-inch barrel weighs in at just 17.8 ounces (with an empty magazine).

Semi-aggressive grip texturing surrounds the circumference of the grip frame and provides just the right amount of texture to make it stick to your hand while not being abrasive.

The controls are simple and flat, yet offer positive manipulation due to their ledged design. Disassembly is safe and easy with a three-point takedown that does not require the trigger to be pulled.

A deeply undercut triggerguard allows for a high-grip and ensures the pistol sits as low in the hand as possible. Combined with the pistol’s low bore axis this yields greater retention and control over the pistol during rapid-fire strings.

The P365 is as comfortable and easy to shoot as a mid-sized pistol. The trigger is ergonomically positioned in such a way that as you pull through its stroke, your index finger closes naturally with the upper portion of the heel of your hand, just below the thumb. Make a fist and watch how your index finger closes. This is unique with sub-compact carry pistols, and the ergonomics make this pistol easy to shoot and easy to shoot well. The length of pull also closely mimics its big brother, the P320.

 Photo by Guns and Ammo

Photo by Guns and Ammo

Trigger pull weight is estimated to be in the low 5-pound range with a short, positive reset and a trigger shoe design similar to the P320. The chassis/fire control unit is also serialized and removable, just like the P320.

The stainless-steel slide comes standard with front and rear serrations for easier slide manipulation, as well as SIGLITE® night sights for sight acquisition under all lighting conditions.

How do you carry it?

In continued partnership with Blackpoint Tactical, SIG Sauer is offering a series of concealment holsters specifically designed for the P365. Immediately available for order are the Blackpoint appendix-carry (APX) and inside-the-waist-band (IWB) variants. Other models will follow.

Typically, I am not a proponent of sub-compact concealed carry handguns. I do not primarily carry pistols smaller than a Glock 19/Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 Compact in size, or that hold less than 15 rounds. I have found that giving up shootability and magazine capacity are simply not worth any concealment advantage a sub-compact provides. The P365 has me reconsidering this stance, as it might allow me to have my cake and eat it, too.

For more photos, performance data and a full, detailed review, look for the P365 on newsstands in an upcoming issue of Guns & Ammo magazine.

Specifications SIG Sauer P365

  • Action: Striker-fired, recoil operated, semiautomatic
  • Cartridge: 9mm
  • Capacity: 10+1; optional 12+1
  • Barrel: 3.1 in.
  • Overall Length: 5.8 in.
  • Width: 1 in.
  • Height: 4.3 in.
  • Weight: 1 lbs., 2 oz.
  • Finish: Nitron
  • Sights: Drift-adjustable dovetail (rear), pinned (front)
  • Trigger: 5 lbs. (est.)
  • Price: $599

Manufacturer: SIG Sauer, (603) 610-3000,

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12 New Handguns for 2017

What if you could design and produce your handgun anyway you desired, with any features and characteristics, without a price parameter? With any specifications? With any capacity? With any caliber? With any weight? With any barrel length and any overall length? What would you include on your special handgun? Would you want it to have:

  • Fully Ambidextrous controls?
  • Aggressive Grip Texturing?
  • An Oversize Beavertail?
  • Fiber Optic Front Sights?
  • Scalloping on the Top of the Slide?
  • Packmayr Grips?
  • Cocking “Ears” to help you Rack and Cock the Slide?
  • A Capacity from 6 to 17 Rounds?
  • A Barrel Length between 3″ and 4.25″?
  • An Overall Length between 5.4″ and 7.55″?
  • A Weight between 10 ounces and 28.6 ounces?
  • A Contoured Bobtail Butt for Better Concealment?
  • A .380 ACP. 9mm, or .45 ACP Caliber?

Well there are 12 new individual handguns for 2017 that collectively and exactly meet all of the above characteristics, specs, and features. Probably the gun you want for yourself is already available. But it may not have all or a lot of the above characteristics and features in one single gun or at your desired price. But 12 manufacturers have incorporated the above characteristics and features in their several new guns for 2017.

Recall of Popular Carry Pistols - Ruger & Walther

Both the Ruger LCP and the Walther CCP have a recall alert. Please check your pistol's serial number to verify if it needs to be sent back to the factory for service.

Ruger LCP

In 2008, Ruger received a small number of reports from the field indicating that LCP® pistols could discharge when dropped onto a hard surface with a round in the chamber. Ruger is retrofitting all older LCP® Pistols. The retrofit involves installation of an upgraded hammer mechanism at no charge to the customer.

How to determine if your pistol needs the retrofit:

All LCP® pistols with serial number prefix "371" and higher (371-xxxxx) have been manufactured with the new hammer mechanism and are NOT affected by the recall and DO NOT need to be returned. If your LCP® has a serial number prefix "370," (see Figure 1) you will need to check the flat portion of the slot just behind and below the hammer for the diamond mark shown in Figure 2. LCPs marked with the diamond have had the new hammer mechanism installed and DO NOT need to be returned. If your LCP® has the "370" serial number prefix and DOES NOT HAVE the diamond mark, you should have your LCP® retrofitted with the upgraded hammer mechanism at no charge.

Walther CCP

Walther Arms has identified a potential condition in Walther CCP pistols that could potentially cause it to discharge if dropped whether the manual safety is engaged (on) or disengaged (off). The safety of our customers is our paramount concern so we have voluntarily initiated this recall because of the possibility of a drop-fire occurring.

Please do not load or fire your Walther CCP pistol and contact us immediately to arrange to have your pistol upgraded free of charge.

If your pistol has already been upgraded, there will be a dot milled onto the back side of the magazine opening.  

The upgrade will be done at no charge to you.  For free shipping, please enter your information here, and complete the online form, making sure to include the serial number.  After completion of the form a confirmation email will be sent including shipping information.

Please note:  The serial number is located on the right side of the pistol (circled in red below)

10 Things to Consider Before Investing in Concealed Carry

Carrying a gun is a personal decision that requires a great deal of careful consideration. Protecting yourself and your family is an amazing privilege we have as citizens of the United States. If you do choose to observe this right, here are several things you should consider before purchasing your firearm.

  1. Get comfortable – Deciding to carry a concealed weapon should not be taken lightly. If you plan to carry, get comfortable with doing so and do it regularly to ensure you are calm and prepared in any situation.
  2. Be prepared– Know the power of the weapon and educate yourself on how to use it properly. Most importantly, be aware of when and when not to use it
  3. Don’t misuse – Be sensible with a firearm and respect the power it has. If you cannot handle a gun responsibly, do not own one.
  4. License yourself – Do not carry a gun unless you have the proper concealed carry permit.
  5. Know how to use a gun – If you are going to carry a gun, you must have the proper education and training to use it correctly. Thorough knowledge on how and when to use a gun is imperative to ensure safe handling habits. 
  6. Keep it concealed – Concealed carry means just that. Do not carry a gun if your intention is to show it off or flaunt excess power.
  7. Know firearms – Take the time to properly educate yourself on a variety of firearms and understand their unique uses. 
  8. Know the law – Concealed carry laws vary from state to state. It is your responsibility to know the laws ahead of time if you are traveling and plan to carry a firearm.
  9. Be sure your sidearm fits your needs – The purpose of concealed carry is protection. Be sure your particular firearm choice is sufficient.
  10. Use your brain – A gun is a powerful and deadly weapon that carries with it an immense level of responsibility.  Think carefully when carrying and always use common sense.

At Northern Illinois Carry, LLC, we offer firearm training to help you feel at ease with your weapon. In addition to concealed carry courses, we also offer classes for women to increase their knowledge and comfort level with handguns. Contact us today to learn more or register for one of our classes. 

Women's only Handgun Introduction Course on June 20th

See what works best for you! Come on out to our first Women's only handgun course. We'll introduce you to a variety of handguns to see what works best for you. We start the morning off with firearm's safety at 8:00am. We'll cover the basics of safe gun handling, including how to load and unload pistols and revolvers. Then some live fire at our private range in rural Dekalb County Illinois.

No men will be alongside you showing off their mad "skills", this is just for the ladies. No guys allowed! Except for the instructors Dennis and Doug of course. An educational and entertaining time will be had by all. Bring your girlfriend, sister, daughter or mom. 

This valuable 4 hour introductory class is only $75. Ammo will be provided at no extra cost. Class size is limited! If interested call Dennis at 815-501-9421 to reserve your spot today!